Friday, 4 November 2011

The last glimmer of summer

…was summed up by this down and out looking common darter on Wednesday at Hempholme:

Another migrant hawker was still lingering on Thursday afternoon too.

Also still about are a group of up to seven black-tailed godwits still commuting between Struncheonhill ponds beyond Hempholme and Watton NR.

Otherwise it’s the winter arrivals – Michael Flowers picked up these two whoopers today at Struncheonhill and latterly D res at dusk. You may need some imagination here though…

Yes the whoopers are the two on the right!

Otherwise kingfisher and water rail on North Marsh – pic no doubt to follow on Michael’s blog here. Otherwise most efforts are still being directed at Hempholme hence the bias on sightings from the northern site lately – here Cliff surveys our new ‘post apocalyptic’ habitat:

However it is nice to see the grey heron shares our optimism – fishing in the two week old scrape below!:

Otherwise the two kestrels are still hunting the meadow along with a pair of barn owls from north scrub, multiple mistle thrushes and a covey of red-legged partridges.

Finally if you're after something to do on these dark afternoons then why not book onto Maurice Gordon's photographic tuition courses which start on the 8th for four Tuesdays. All the details are on his blog here and the cost is £90 per person.